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    Caregivers Introductions

    Sadly, it seems as though we have quite a few new caregivers who, through necessity, have found this wonderful site,and our forum. I thought it might be nice to do an introduction to include the new folks.

    So...I'll start.

    I'm Vicky, and my daughter Brianna was injured on March 31, 1999 while on her way to school her senior year. It's been 4 1/2 years (oh my God!) and we've gone through just about everything except pressure sores (Thank God!). She is trying her best to get to college, hopefully this January. She is ready to live independently!!! And no one worked harder than she did to get to this point. She amazes me, truly.

    Okay, you guys...check in!!
    "God warns us not to love any earthly thing above Himself, and yet He sets in a mother's heart such a fierce passion for her babes that I do not comprehend how He can test us so."
    ~Geraldine Brooks, "Year of Wonders"

    "Be kind...for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle."
    ~Philo of Alexandria

    Great idea, VIcky - was thinking the same thing the other day!

    I'm jackie, and the mom of a 26 year old son, who's a c4-5, also with a TBI, almost 5 years ago now. Here for support, and hopefully to give back some of the wonderful support I've received, to help others through the web of living with sCI.

    Tough times don't last - tough people do.


      I'm Kathy and my husband had a bleed in his spinal cord, cause unknown. The resulting blood clot did the damage. T4 incomplete, 4 years ago this Christmas. Wish I could find more time to post, but since returning to work full time I have been a bit frantic trying to juggle everything. We have seen many changes since day 1 and my husband continues to improve in his overall health and function, especially since he began regular workouts in the pool last year. We have a college age daughter and our son is in his senior year in high school.


        hey, i'm debra, sister and full-time caregiver to my brother, who has c 5-6 complete injury, type l diabetes and tbi after an mva three years ago. i also am the cook for our espresso shop. i am also an rn, puppy trainer, litter box emptier and driver! we have come a long way from those scarey first months when they told me to just put him in a nursing home. i found this site a year ago and have learned alot,most importantly that i am not alone. my brother wakes up everyday with a smile on his face, an i love you and thank you for all that you do- what strength he has! i take pride in his accomplishments, his good health and our beating the odds he was given.


          Nice thread VIcky!

          I am Laura, and my daughter Heather was injured June 15, 2000 at the age of 8. She is a T-12 complete and also had compartment syndrome in her right arm. Luckily most of the function has returned to her right arm. She was a backseat passenger in a car that her aunt was driving (who was killed). Her brother was in the front seat and got a large cut on his forehead. She is getting more independent with every year. She rides a horse and drives the four wheeler every where. She is an "A" student in 6th grade
          Mom to Heather, age 16, T-12, 8 years post & Michael, age 19.


            My bf is a c5/6 incomplete, 20 years post. Although he doesn't need a caregiver and was living independently before we met, there are times when he needs help. I come here to get advice and support. Sometimes he brushes things off like it's not a big deal (ie UTI that landed him in the hospital a few months back). I come here and ask the experts.

            Mark was injured in 1983 when he dove into a river to save a little boy who was in trouble. His head hit a rock and crushed his neck. He was 18 years old.
            AB, Husband is c5-6 inc quad, 25 years post injury.



              My dearest husband is t10 since April 11, 2001 after he fell out of tree. I love to come here and learn new things or just give people advice if they need one.

              This site has helped us greatly about all of the therapies that we didn't know of and they have been helping him also.




                Hi, I'm Stacey and my husband, Joe, was injured almost 1 year ago. He is a C5/C6 incomplete. We are still learning how to cope with all of this everyday. We have been married four years and have 6 children between the two of us. I am a fulltime oncology nurse, JOe was going to school to get a degree in microbology at the time of his accident.


                  My name is Annie and my husband was injured 6/02 when he fell off of a 15 foot fence. He's c4 complete and we are just getting settled at home and working on getting his trach and peg removed.
                  This group has been such a lifeline for me and the support and information are priceless!
                  I can't thank all of the other caregivers enough for their honesty and openness about their lives and feelings- it has really helped me!


                    My bf is a C6 incomplete. 1 year post injury. He's been living with me for the last 6 months. I'm there for him whenever he needs me. I find doctors, make appontments,drive to appointments, and other driving. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]
                    He is VERY able and mostly I'm there to listen, encourage, and love him to pieces! I have two sons and I keep house, cook, and garden. I love to read for enjoyment, and for research.
                    Someday, I hope to sing again while standing next to a grand piano that my bf is playing. He's not there yet but, HE DID START PRACTICING this week!!!
                    Thanks to all,

                    We are all faced with a series of great opportunities... Brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
                    Arlington Cemetery is full of soldiers—the presidents buried there are few and far between. -Rusty VanReeves


                      HELLO .
                      I am caregiver (almost full time)of my little brother is a 17 years old incredible person, he is C5 incomplete 2 months ago, it is too soon and too painfull yet, but we are not alone and thankfully i have found this website, I am a MD i work, etc but mostly i try to be there for him and for the rest of my family, i live with my parents and another brother. We love each other deeply and have been together most of this awful time, but our hope is bigger than pain and dispair. I would love to hear and learn a lot from all of you. Thank you. [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]



                        Welcome to all our new faces! Please know that this forum is a safe place for family members and caregivers to come together to laugh and cry, and get angry, or just talk about what's going on in our lives.

                        I'd be interested in hearing from all of you 'newbies', as to where you found out about CareCure, and how you came to the forums.

                        Again, welcome all!

                        Tough times don't last - tough people do.


                          Hello everyone! I'm Joyce and my husband Bill was hurt in May '98 cutting wood. A tree limb broke off and struck him in the back leaving him T5 complete.
                          I'm sorry we all had to meet this way [img]/forum/images/smilies/frown.gif[/img] but also very thankful [img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img] to have a place to go where I can share my thoughts and feelings as well as learn everything I can to help my husband live his best life!! I get some of my best support from here (and no one even works for Wonderbra hehe!!) (sorry couldn't resist besides humour is a great stress reliever [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img] )
                          ~ Be the change you wish to see in the world ~ Mahatma Gandi

                          " calling all Angels ...... calling all Angels ....walk me through this one .. don't leave me alone .... calling all Angels .... calling all Angels .... we're tryin' and we're hopin' cause we're not sure how ....... this .... goes ..."
                          Jane Siberry


                            I'm Kate, married to the most incredible man I know, mother to a pair of smart (and exasperating) girls just now entering their adolescence.

                            I'm also a writer, teacher, and politics junkie. I keep kind of a messy house, and my gardens tend to be straggly. When Bruce was injured 2 and a half years ago, I refused to use the word "quadriplegic", and even more vehemently refused to think of myself as "caregiver".

                            In our case, as it turned out, I didn't have to. His injury is at c-6, but he's now walking functionally in the world with crutches--because he had just enough function to work with, along with excellent physical therapists, oceans of patience, and unbelievable determination. The rest of it--the fatigue, neurological pain, catheters, loss of most of the use of his right hand, sexual changes--that is all still with us.

                            I come to these forums every day, and can't even imagine how I would have coped without them. It's a great blessing to be among people who don't need explanations, who don't judge, who want information that I have, who always understand my rage and despair and terror and joy.

                            Welcome, if you're new. We really do want to meet you!


                              Hi, I am fairly new, I found Care Cure from my fiance', and have learned a great deal.

                              He is C-3 complete, and is 23 years post. He is such a wonderful person, and I have learned a lot more about him since I have joined here.

                              I hope to get to know everyone better, and hopefull be able to contribute some in the future.

                              Smile...It's the first day of the rest of your life!!
                              Smile...It's the first day of the rest of your life!!